Tawillager Trailer

April 24, 25 | 8 & 10 pm | $10
Geordie’s 4001 Space | 4001 Berri

Box office
514 933-4736

Tawillager opens April 24

April 24, 25 | 8 & 10 pm | $10
Geordie’s 4001 Space | 4001 Berri

Box office
514 933-4736

There are sounds in the darkness. The drip of water in a pipe. The creak of a stair. A far off and unseen train. In this basement, these sounds are James’ music and his audience is his best friend, a fish named Tawillager.

The story of Tawillager is the story of a young boy named James who we meet in an unknown time and space. He is not of this world, yet completely from this world. He is of a story untold, not talked about in the everyday. James is a boy who was abducted, stolen from his family and the world that he lived in. We meet James in a very dark place, a basement in which he has been held captive for several months. With little human contact, James struggles to cope. Broken down and battered by psychological, physical and sexual abuse, he is very damaged, but not broken.

Join Joseph Bembridge and the other members of the Carney Collective as they tell this dark and troubling story. It is a hard story to watch and perhaps a harder story to tell. It is a voyage of light and sound into the simple beauties and terrible pain of one lost child. It is eerie, powerful, disturbing but ultimately human.

Originally produced for the 2008 Concordia SIPA Festival, the creation of Tawillager drew on many outstanding resources including: the talents of actor Joseph Bembridge who used techniques from Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer’s Emotion Labs; original music and sound by Alexandra Draghici; brilliantly effective set by Stephanie Bokenfohr; and unique video art by Marc Beaulieu. In this latest incarnation, original sound and music have been created by well-known sound designer and engineer, Danielle Jakubiak.

“The play covers an immense amount of emotional territory in a very short period of time. The production is not gratuitous, it has great sensitivity and humanity, and is incredibly painful to see and hear.” - Kit Brennan, Montreal Playwright

Joseph Bembridge - Writer, performer & co-director
Joseph Bembridge is a Montreal-based theatre and dance artist. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carney Collective, which focuses on producing new theatrical works that explore current social issues and experimental mediums of presentation. Some of Joseph’s professional theatre credits include: Dance Animal Presents: Dance Animal, which received the Just for Laughs award at the 2009 Montreal Fringe Festival, and was performed at the 2010 Wildside Festival produced by Centaur Theatre; and 7 Stories directed by Olivier Perrias for Tableau D’Hôte, in which he was a cast member of the MECCA-nominated Best Ensemble.

Alexandra Draghici - Co-director and live sound
Alexandra is a theatre artist active in Montreal and Toronto. She is currently working on Witchcraft, directed by Patrick Leroux. She has had the good fortune to play Jocasta in Oedipus directed by Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer, Isadora in Titanica directed by Brendan Healy, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Laura in the Glass Menagerie, both directed by Christopher Legacy. She has recently completed a short run of her one woman show Detritus – Pockets for Siamese at the Concordia SIPA Festival, for which she directed Nocturne by Ryan Hurl. She has spent the last two summers working with Jumblies Theatre at Mabelle Arts and is planning to return to the Mabelle Park, where ritual and art have a meeting place.

Danielle Jakubiak - Sound designer
Danielle Jakubiak is a sound engineer and designer from PEI. She received her Bachelors of Music from Mount Allison University, her Masters of Ethnomusicology from the University of Glasgow, and attended the National Theatre School in Montreal for Technical Production. Since then, she has toured the world as a sound engineer. Her favourite designs include Gravy Bath’s Oedipus Rex, and Porte Parole’s Import/Export. She is currently teaching theatre and music to children and working towards a Masters of Music Therapy at Concordia.

Marc Beaulieu - Video artist
Marc Beaulieu is a recent Concordia University graduate with a BFA Specialization in Computation Arts and holds a DEP in Cabinetmaking. Marc loves building – whether it be with solids, textiles or bits & pixels. His current focus is in the areas of altering, enhancing and recontextualising objects and ideas through electronics, lighting and video to create standalone or interactive responsive experiences.

Joseph Bembridge as James - 2008 Concordia SIPA Festival

Photos of James taken by his abductor

The Montreal Mirror - Artsweek - March 26

New theatre
company gets active

Patrick Charron and Joanne Sarazen in Drag on Jaded

Another month, another new company—haven’t folks heard that English-language theatre is supposed to be dead in this city?

Montreal actor/writer Joseph Bembridge has assembled a dozen like-minded souls to form the Carney Collective in order to create, “Edgy work for theatre and non-theatre people who are young and cool, like all of us.”

An impressive 14 projects are already planned, beginning with Drag on Jaded by Ryan Hurl, which plays nightly at 8 p.m. until Saturday, March 28 at lab.synthèse (435 Beaubien W., #200).

In the play, Eddy, an old man on his last legs, meets Lucy, a university student. The pair try to find a bridge across cultural and generational gaps to form a friendship. “I think everybody working on the project was affected by it,” Bembridge says. “In our culture, we don’t acknowledge the elderly as being a part of our future.”

New works with socially relevant themes are what counts for the group. “Everybody has to be active—we find theatre as our activation.” Bembridge says, “We all go through that transition when we finish school and wonder, ‘Now what are we doing?’ This is a way to keep us together in the city and working.”



The First Show - March 24

The first Carney Collective production

March 24 to 28
8 pm

lab synthese
Loft 200
435 Beaubien Ouest

Tickets $12

Edward Morgan is counting the minutes. No longer youthful and independent, he has come to rely on the care of others. Lucy is counting the minutes. Youthful and independent, she has come to rely on achievement and accomplishment. When Edward and Lucy meet, they begin to count on each other, and find that they are both trying to escape the same thing.

Written by Ryan Hurl
A graduate of Concordia's Major in Theatre and a recipient of the Kit Brennan Play Writing Award, Ryan was part of the development of Compass Points: Emerging Artist Symposium at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Recently, in his native Calgary, he has produced “The Recession of Evelyn Grey” and apprenticed at Alberta Theatre Projects.

Directed by Emily Quaile
Emily Quaile is a director, performer and writer for the stage. Her recent directing credits include "Crave" by Sarah Kane, "The Zahra Kazemi Story" by Coleen Macpherson and Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story". She is currently writing a play based on the stories found on Craigslist that will be produced by The Carney Collective next fall.

Joseph Bembridge, Artistic Producer
As Artistic Producer of the Carney Collective, Joseph is thrilled to see life brought to this wonderful text and the production of a theatre experience for the senses. Joseph and The Carnies look forward to presenting “Tawillager”, Joseph’s solo show, and the next of many artistic projects for The Collective.

Designed by Danielle Jakubiak
Since completing her Masters in Ethonomusicology and attending the National Theatre School in Montreal, Danielle has been enjoying the challenge of working with various companies throughout the world. She is very excited to be working with some of her favourite theatre people on Drag on Jaded.

Anastasia Schnieder
Anastasia is currently in her second year of Design for the Theatre at Concordia University. Before that she completed her DEC in Illustration & Design at Dawson College. She looks forward to meeting the thriving art community of Montreal.

Stage Managed by Cam McKinnon
Cameron is in his 3rd year at Concordia University, specializing in Theatre Performance. He recently appeared in Moliere's “The Bourgeois Gentleman” at Concordia last December. He is happy to be part of the Carney Collective's premier play “Drag on Jaded”, and would like to thank everyone for their support.

Performed by

Patrick Charron as Edward Morgan
Actor, producer and writer, Patrick was co-founder of The Acting Project and is the Director of Marketing & Development for Imago Theatre. Last seen as Father Hayes in Tableau D'Hôte's recent production of Lion in the Streets, Patrick's return to the stage has been marked by the portrayal of the elderly and disturbed; curious...

Joanne Sarazen as Lucy
Joanne Sarazen is a recent graduate of Concordia’s Theatre Performance program. Recent productions include “Titanica: The Great Battle Gown” directed by Brendan Healy and “Provicial Anecdotes” directed by Alexandre Marine at Concordia University, as well as Tableau D'Hôte's productions of “Seven Storys” and “Lion in the Streets”.

Chris Rayment
Chris is a third year Major in Theatre at Concordia University. Recent credits include: John and Jamie's Flies/While Isabelle Bleeds/Kite Maker's Blues, director, (Concordia 2009); Post-Modern Demonology and Circus, puppeteer/performer (Bread and Puppet, 2008); Provincial Anecdotes, assistant costume designer (Concordia 2008); Ubu Roi, puppeteer/performer (Concordia 2008).

Catherine Lemieux
A proud native of Montreal, Catherine graduated from Dawson College's Professional Theatre Program (1998), co-founded a theatre company (1999). Cat was most recently seen as Sue in Tableau d'Hôtes' “Lion in the Streets”. She is honoured to be part this premier production! Thanks to Sam & Chip for their support.